Local News

  • Pitch for 36 new teachers on hold

    With no money for the building plan on the horizon, Roane County Board of Education Member Mike “Brillo” Miller recommended adding 36 teachers so the same courses could be offered at all five high schools for the 2018-19 school year.

    “For example, I think they offer physics at Kingston High School,” Miller said. “We would be able to get that in all the others. Rockwood’s got one or two that aren’t offered anywhere else, and I just think it’s our opportunity to give these kids that shot.”

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  • News promos shine in Tennessee Better Ideas

    The Roane County News won seven awards for advertising and promotion in the recent Tennessee Press Association’s Better Ideas contest.

    “This is an awesome job by our marketing staff,” said Roane County News circulation manager Neva Lang-Peters.

    Graphic artist Erny James won first place for his St. Valentine’s Day “Sweetheart of a Deal” promotion.

    James also won second place for a Father’s Day subscription promotion idea and third place for a 2017 Roane Waters’ marketing promotion.

  • Campaigns hit the road
  • Hairdresser’s wheels, tires stolen while she worked

    A hairdresser told police someone stole two of her wheels while she was at work.

    The reported theft happened in the Walmart parking lot on July 13. The victim, Ronda Rogers, is a hairdresser at the salon inside the Walmart.

    “When she came out to her vehicle, two of her tires were missing from the vehicle,” Rockwood Police Officer Chris Kennedy wrote in the report. “Ms. Rogers showed me her vehicle in the parking lot and it was sitting on a jack stand with two of the passenger side wheels and tires missing.”

  • Shot dog at shelter for 15 hours before euthanized

    A dog suffering a gunshot wound was euthanized after staying at the Roane County Animal Shelter overnight earlier this month.

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said the pit bull was shot when it bit a neighbor at 312 Woodlawn Drive on July 7. Washam said it was the second time the dog had bitten a resident in that neighborhood.

    The dog’s image is on a Change.org petition, requesting Tennessee animal shelters be required to provide medical care to animals in their care.

  • Passing of the Lead ceremony canceled

    LexLin Gypsy Ranch will not be holding its Passing of the Lead ceremony this year.

    The company announced the news in a post on its website.

    According to the post, the Gypsy gift horses have already departed the ranch.

    “The work that these horses do is incredible, and we can’t wait to hear all of the positive stories that will soon come from these wonderful horses,” the post said.

  • Pair said to be intoxicated, had child in vehicle with them at area park

    Police said they found a child in the company of two intoxicated adults on July 13.

    Jamie Lynn Hall, 41, and Jessica Marie Hall, 29, are facing charges in the incident.

    According to the report, Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Wendall Pressley was dispatched to Roane County Park around 8:30 p.m.

  • OS leader hurt in fall

    An Oliver Springs alderman was injured Tuesday morning while on the job with the Kingston Public Works Department.

    Robert Miller was found lying on his back at the 58 Landing Park boat ramp. The bottom half of his body was in the water, and he was bleeding from the back of his head, said Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam.

    “He had walked down and was close to the water and lost traction and fell backwards,” Washam said.

    Miller represents Ward 1 on the Oliver Springs Board of Aldermen, which governs the town.

  • Members of 278th ACR deployed

    Roane County veterans and community members honored local troops prior to their deployment of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment this weekend.

    The Rockwood VFW Post 4782 hosted a deployment dinner Saturday before those troops headed off for training and future joint multinational deployment.

    “The Ladies Auxiliary prepared a home cooked meal, and we served over 25 troops from the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Also, joining them for dinner were local Vietnam, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans,” Post 4782 Commander Charles Rucker said.